Mark H with the US left and me with the US right against Michael on the left and Richard with the right.
I like Blitzkreig Commander, I find it a lot more playable than Flames of War.
After some massive artillery bombardments by the Americans the axis was defeated but it was a close run thing. The Americans made the mistake of breaking cover in front of the German left and paid a very hefty price. The Shermans in the centre got caught in the open and decimated by the long range guns of the Jagdpanthers then after a short fight what was left were destroyed by SS assaulting with Panzerfaust. American AT guns managed to halt the panzers on the left but after a command blunder early in the game were severely hampered by attrition. The pesky American artillery observer managed to call in a very effective bombardment, Calliopes coupled with a battery of 105mm managed to wipe out several PzIvs and most of the SS.
Some valuable lessons were learned in this game:
Artillery is too potent and we will limit the amount in future games,
Too many points per side make for a frustrating game,
NEVER crest a hill in front of any type of late war German tanks,
Sherman tanks are rubbish against any late war German tank, the figure of 30+ American tanks was quoted at one point as needed to make a difference.
|American off table artillery. Very effective when it came to it.|
|German right wing, beautifully painted |
PzIV and Konigstigers supported by SS.
|German left wing, Jagdpanther supported by|
Heer troops and some towed artillery.
|On the American left wing some M10 tank destroyers |
and towed AT guns.
|German right advancing along the road.|
|Logjam or "blocage"|
|American left crests a hill to stop the panzers. |
This tuned out to be a disastrous move as most of these tanks
were destroyed by opportunity fire as soon as they came into view.
|American right, 101st Airborne dig in to wait|
for the Jagdpanthers.
|The FAC calls up some support in the form of a P47 armed with rockets.|
|Damage done by the Jagdpanthers.|
|Some Shermans in the centre manage to catch some|
SS in the open. Looks like a bloodbath is likely to ensue!
|Shermans assaulted by some Heer that had |
been hiding in bocage.
|The SS join in the assault but come off worst. |
This fight didn't last much longer than this!